"N" is for Noose [NOOK Book]

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Kinsey Millhone should have done something else--she should have turned the car in the direction of home. Instead, she was about to put herself in the gravest jeopardy of her career.

Tom Newquist had been a detective in the Nota Lake sheriff's office--a tough, honest cop respected by everyone. When he died suddenly, the townsfolk were saddened but not surprised: Just shy of sixty-five, Newquist worked too hard, smoked too much, and exercised ...
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Overview


Kinsey Millhone should have done something else--she should have turned the car in the direction of home. Instead, she was about to put herself in the gravest jeopardy of her career.

Tom Newquist had been a detective in the Nota Lake sheriff's office--a tough, honest cop respected by everyone. When he died suddenly, the townsfolk were saddened but not surprised: Just shy of sixty-five, Newquist worked too hard, smoked too much, and exercised too little. That plus an appetite for junk food made him a poster boy for an American Heart Association campaign. Newquist's widow didn't doubt the coroner's report. But what Selma couldn't accept was not knowing what had so bothered Tom in the last six weeks of his life. What was it that had made him prowl restlessly at night, that had him brooding constantly? Selma Newquist wanted closure, and the only way she'd get it was if she found out what it was that had so bedeviled her husband. Kinsey should have dumped the case. It was vague and hopeless, like looking for a needle in a haystack. Instead, she set up shop in Nota Lake, where she found that looking for a needle in a haystack can draw blood. Very likely, her own."N" Is for Noose: a novel in which Kinsey Millhone becomes the target and an entire town seems in for the kill.
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  • Tagged! Interview: Sue Grafton
    Tagged! Interview: Sue Grafton  

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429913430
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Kinsey Millhone Series , #14
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 10,574
  • File size: 351 KB

Meet the Author


Sue Grafton entered the mystery field in 1982 with the publication of 'A' Is for Alibi, which introduced female hard-boiled private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, operating out of the fictional town of Santa Teresa, (aka Santa Barbara) California. 'B' is for Burglar followed in l985 and the series, now referred to as 'the alphabet’ mysteries, is still going strong. In addition to her books, she’s published several Kinsey Millhone short stories, and with her husband, Steven Humphrey, has written numerous movies for television, including “A Killer in the Family” (starring Robert Mitchum), “Love on the Run” (starring Alec Baldwin and Stephanie Zimbalist) and two Agatha Christie adaptations, “Sparkling Cyanide” and “Caribbean Mystery,” which starred Helen Hayes. Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine. Sue has a home in Montecito, California, and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised.

Biography

Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages -- including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She's an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She's a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: "The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law," she has said, "but people do get their just desserts." And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker and the John D. MacDonald—the best of her breed—she has earned new respect for that form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents.

But who is the real Sue Grafton? Many of her readers think she is simply a version of her character and alter ego Kinsey Millhone. Here are Kinsey's own words in the early pages of N Is for Noose:

"So there I was barreling down the highway in search of employment and not at all fussy about what kind of work I'd take. I wanted distraction. I wanted some money, escape, anything to keep my mind off the subject of Robert Deitz. I'm not good at good-byes. I've suffered way too many in my day and I don't like the sensation. On the other hand, I'm not that good at relationships. Get close to someone and the next thing you know, you've given them the power to wound, betray, irritate, abandon you, or bore you senseless. My general policy is to keep my distance, thus avoiding a lot of unruly emotion. In psychiatric circles, there are names for people like me."

Those are sentiments that hit home for Grafton's readers. And she has said that Kinsey is herself, only younger, smarter, and thinner. But are they an apt description of Kinsey's creator? Well, she's been married to Steve Humphrey for more than twenty years. She has three kids and two grandkids. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine—not quite the nature-hating, fast-food loving Millhone. So: readers and reviewers beware. Never assume the author is the character in the book. Sue, who has a home in Montecito, California ("Santa Theresa") and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised, is only in her imagination Kinsey Millhone -- but what a splendid imagination it is.

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    1. Hometown:
      Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 24, 1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      Louisville, Kentucky
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, University of Louisville, 1961
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    N is for Noose

    This is not my favorite, but I'll admit I was not expecting the murderer to be who they were. I always have enjoyed Sue Grafton and will keep reading, but this one was not her best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2000

    Not My Cup Of Tea

    I have not really been a fan of Sue Grafton. I find many of her books too simple and boring. Which is exactly the case with 'N' is for Noose. Though this book does have some saving grace. A few of its characters are actually amusing and entertaining and give this slow moving story some lift.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Jake

    "To shoot the bastard."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    K

    K

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Kailey

    Yo welcome

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Not one of her best. I liked the main storyline of elder abuse

    Not one of her best. I liked the main storyline of elder abuse but there were way too many peripheral and mundane fillers of serving process etc that seemed designed to fill space and contributed nothing to the story. There could have been so much more depth to the underlying story which would have made for a great read. I skimmed through at least half the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    well written, good characters. Kinsey Millhone is fun to follow.

    Had read one or two of the early Sue Grafton, but was glad I came back to the Kinsey Millhone series. She is a good character, book is well written, and fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Kyle

    No thanks. I'm flattered by ur offer though

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    This book......

    Seems boring:(

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Claw

    "Who is the leader here!?!" He demanded.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Anonymous

    Noose held my interest , but Kinsey took a lot of risks chatting rather loosely to this collection of yahoos. If I didn't know that this was an A to Z series I'd expected her to have gotten wacked in this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Nursury

    For queens and kits.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2012

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    Not the best in the series

    It was great in the beginning and middle, but the end confused me. I re-read it a few times and still didn't make sense of it. It's the first time that this has happened with this series.

    Kinsey Millhone should have done something else--she should have turned the car in the direction of home. Instead, she was about to put herself in the gravest jeopardy of her career.

    Tom Newquist had been a detective in the Nota Lake sheriff's office--a tough, honest cop respected by everyone. When he died suddenly, the townsfolk were saddened but not surprised: Just shy of sixty-five, Newquist worked too hard, smoked too much, and exercised too little. That plus an appetite for junk food made him a poster boy for an American Heart Association campaign. Newquist's widow didn't doubt the coroner's report. But what Selma couldn't accept was not knowing what had so bothered Tom in the last six weeks of his life. What was it that had made him prowl restlessly at night, that had him brooding constantly? Selma Newquist wanted closure, and the only way she'd get it was if she found out what it was that had so bedeviled her husband. Kinsey should have dumped the case. It was vague and hopeless, like looking for a needle in a haystack. Instead, she set up shop in Nota Lake, where she found that looking for a needle in a haystack can draw blood. Very likely, her own."N" Is for Noose: a novel in which Kinsey Millhone becomes the target and an entire town seems in for the kill.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Highly enjoyable be sure to order

    I have read every book starting with "A" and love them all. We receive a christmas card from Sue and Kinsey every year and have saved them all I am very happy that they are now available in the nook.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    14th Good Read in series

    As good as the other 13. If you like Kinsey you will like this one too. If you don't you won't. Who am I to tell you what you like or dislike. Buy it and try it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Another great Kinsey story

    This one really had me going until the very last pages.

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    Wonderful!

    Another great book by one of my favorite authors

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

    Exceptional AS USUAL !!

    N was really so intriguing -- her books always keep you till the end -- this one being no exception. Hard to pick a favorite - probably can't be done! Maybe she will start with numbers after the alphabet is finished?!! OR she could do AA, BB, ect?! Think of SOMETHING Sue -- we don't want you to stop!!

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Cozy and rustic.

    Reminded me of times I spent camping and being out in the country. I enjoyed it alot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2006

    Pandora visits small town

    Tom Newquist, an investigator with the Nota Lake Sheriff's Department, died of a heart attack three weeks ago. He had been acting like a man under great emotional strain, and his grieving widow wants to know why. The widow, Selma Newquist, hires Kinsey Millhone to reconstruct the last 4 to 6 weeks of Tom's life. Although Tom was very popular, Selma is not. Kinsey finds it difficult to gather information in Nota Lake. Moreover, someone who lives in that town, and who knows how it operates, is working to frustrate Kinsey. Kinsey persists, and the trail leads back to terrible deeds, terrible hatreds, violent men and violent murders. Kinsey discovers that it can be hard to expose a rattlesnake without getting bitten. As with all Kinsey Millhone novels, the greatest strengths of this novel are the characterizations, the descriptions of social situations and Kinsey's personality. The novel is set in a small town, and contains a contains a good portrait of such towns: the gossip, the clannishness, the bickering. It also gives a good description of how good cops think and behave. Kinsey is very good at noticing small discrepancies in peoples's stories that suggest that something is being hidden. Although most of the writing is quite good, some of it is clumsy. Some plot developments seem unrealistic, and some characters are hard to keep straight (for example, there are two waitresses that feed Kinsey important information). Although this is not Grafton's best novel, it's worth reading.

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